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Sunday, February 05, 2023

Santa Fe College COVID-19 Update: Four positive cases reported in the last week

The college’s total number of reported positive cases since March 2020 is now 1,068

Santa Fe College reported four positive COVID-19 cases from Oct. 5 to Oct. 11. Two students and two employees reported testing positive.

There were three fewer reported cases than the previous week, or a decrease of about 43%. 

There have been 372 reported positive cases since the Delta surge in March 2021, which represents over a third of all 1,068 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to a report from Santa Fe director of human resources Lela Frye.

Last week, the college opened 52 student case investigations and three employee case investigations. 

One student, but no employees, has been on campus while positive, according to Frye’s report. There has been no additional exposures or community spread from on-campus positive cases.

The college requests all students, faculty and staff perform a daily self-assessment checklist before going to campus. Masks are not required on campus, but the college strongly encourages anyone visiting Santa Fe property to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The college also requires students who test positive for COVID-19, experience any symptoms, or believe they have come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 to fill out a confidential online form, disclosing any potential exposure or positive test results.

Santa Fe strongly encourages anyone who can get the COVID-19 vaccine to do so. 

As part of the college’s vaccine incentive program, all employees, including full-time and part-time, along with all current students who have received either both shots of the Pfizer, the Moderna vaccine, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by Oct. 31 will receive $60.

Despite the decrease in cases, the college is still keeping some events online.

The Young Dancer Workshop, a collaboration between Santa Fe and UF, has been moved to an online format for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. Dancers ages 11 and up will take classes from both SF and UF professors and dance students via Zoom, broadcasted from the Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall on the SF campus.

Contact Eve Thompson at Follow her on Twitter @evealanaa.

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Eve Thompson

Eve Thompson is a third-year journalism major covering Santa Fe. In the past, Eve was a News Assistant on the university desk. When she’s not submitting public records requests or staring at a blank Google doc, Eve can be found on a boat, usually listening to 70s music.

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